Buyers keen to horse around with new Ford Mustang
LINING up for a pony ride has never been so popular.
About 150 Ford Mustang fans converged on Pacific Ford at Maroochydore last night to see the iconic car in the metal.
Finished in racing yellow, the chiselled left-hand drive V8-powered Mustang hardtop took centre stage ahead of the Australian derivatives, which are forecast to arrive here by October.
The variant on show will start from $54,990, whereas base-model offerings will start from $44,990.
Another 150 customers will visit the showroom before the new Mustang departs on its regional tour.
Sunshine Coast buyers are amped for the muscle car's arrival. Our region has posted the greatest early interest in regional Queensland - Pacific Ford pre-sold 47 of the desirable pony cars, and the Noosa branch has shifted eight.
From that, about 40 will be with a 5.0-litre V8 engine, with the remainder powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder.
Pacific Ford senior sales consultant Alistair Eiseman said two Sunshine Coast vehicles were in build, one a silver hardback with a manual transmission, and a red convertible, which will be among the first to enter Australia.
"We have a lot of FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles) customers coming back, but one of the first orders we took was from a female doctor who all she has ever wanted was a Mustang," he said.
"It's been her life-long dream. And then we have people that have been driving Audis and the like but realise the great culture around Mustangs."
After being built, the Mustangs spend 77 days in transit before reaching our shores - a far cry from the two or three weeks for Australian-made Falcons and Territories.
Ford Australia said 42% of orders were for the Mustang GT Fastback with V8 and auto transmission, and "Race Red" had been by far the most popular colour choice.
In total, 447 new Mustangs have pre-sold in Queensland so far.